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Established as a retirement community some
30 years ago, is a community bustling with vigor. Approximately
20,000 full- and part-time residents participate in more than 200
clubs that enjoy activities ranging from bird-watching to mountain
The community's ten social centers are hubs of recreational activity
and intellectual stimulation. Green Valley volunteers tutor in local
schools, clean roadways and assist the Pima County Sheriff's Department.
It's clear that many of these "retirees" keep busier schedules than
their still-employed counterparts. At a size eight miles long and
two miles wide, Green Valley has gone to great pains to make itself
accessible to residents. Shuttle buses, golf carts, bicycles and
wheelchairs bound about the community's streets, which feature specially
designated "traffic" lanes.
While Green Valley is unincorporated, that doesn't limit residents'
civic participation. The Green Valley Community Coordinating Council,
comprised of members from 42 homeowners' associations and 11 institutions,
determine their own destiny. The unique Green Valley phone directory
lists residents by profession and state of origin, revealing that
the majority are successful professionals from across America.